The House by the Sea

The House by the Sea

Book - 2019 | Canadian export edition.
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A moving and mysterious tale of love and forgiveness, spanning four decades and sweeping from the Italian countryside to the English coast. From international bestselling author Santa Montefiore, whose books have sold more than six million copies worldwide.

Ten-year-old Floriana dreams of a better life. Abandoned by her mother and living with her alcoholic father, she finds solace in the beauty of the magnificent Tuscan villa that overlooks the sea just outside her small village. When Dante, the son of the town's most powerful businessman, catches her spying from the crumbling wall, he invites her inside the garden. Even though the two are from opposite worlds, they form a fast friendship that blossoms into romance. But what they don't realize is that there are other forces working to keep them apart.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a beautiful old country house hotel on England's Devon coast has fallen on hard times after the financial crash of 2008. Desperate to bring in business, Marina, the hotel's owner, advertises for an artist to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint. The man she hires is handsome and charismatic and soon begins to transform the fortunes of the hotel. But as the summer wears on, his presence also brings up secrets long buried in the past.

Spanning time and continents, The House by the Sea is an unforgettable novel about the enduring ties of family and the power of love to mend broken hearts.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
Edition: Canadian export edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781471187902
Branch Call Number: FIC MONTE
Characteristics: 421 pages
Additional Contributors: Montefiore, Santa 1970- Mermaid garden.


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Nov 12, 2020

I found this story to be a little slow and the characters naive. However, I did want to see how it ended and kept going. The ending was satisfying.

Woolcrazy Sep 23, 2015

Also available under the title "The Mermaid Garden"

Jul 04, 2015

I wanted to love this book but I didn't. Some of the characters annoyed me, the timeline of the story was inconsistent, and pats of it weren't very believable to me.

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